Friday 5 April 2019

About Today Readings

ST VINCENT FERRER. DAY OF PENANCE.

Wisdom 2:1, 12-22. Psalm 33(34):16, 18-21, 23. John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

The Lord is near to broken hearts – Psalm 33(34):16, 18-21, 23. 

‘I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’

Jesus didn’t plan to appear at the Festival of Booths. His aim was not to attract fans or gain popularity and he won’t even be persuaded by close friends and relatives that attending is a good idea. Indeed, he knows his life is threatened and that it would be dangerous to return to Judea.

So why go after all? The decision seems reckless, even foolish – to enter the lion’s den with an imminent threat of torture and death. Jesus arrives quietly, unnoticed, after discerning ultimately what God the Father is asking of him.

As he teaches, the unease and questioning of the people provokes Jesus to speak of his relationship with God – ’I know him . . . I am from him . . . he sent me.’ Jesus’ conviction invites us to risk derision and affirm belief with courage. We pray for the grace to hear him speaking words of truth, words which fan into flame our desire to follow.

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